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June 4th, 2009, 01:21 PM
DNR to Auction State-Owned Land from Land Review Project
Contact: Ed Meadows 517-373-1240
Agency: Natural Resources

June 3, 2009

State-owned land in 36 counties is being offered for sale beginning Wednesday, June 3, as a result of the Department of Natural Resources' review of state-owned property. Over 40 parcels in 11 counties are offered for sale by sealed bid auction: Barry, Benzie, Cheboygan, Leelanau, Mackinac, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Montcalm, Oceana, and Osceola.

The auction is part of the DNR's Land Consolidation Strategy, an ongoing review of all state-owned land that is outside the boundaries of a state park, forest, game area, or recreation area.

Information on the auction, and other land available for purchase, including photos, property descriptions, terms and conditions, and how to submit a bid is available at: www.michigan.gov/landforsale.

Property information, bid forms, and offer to purchase forms are also available upon request to the Office of Land and Facilities, P.O. Box 30448, Lansing, MI 48909-7948, or by calling (517) 373-1240.

Bids on the parcels to be sold by auction must be postmarked by Monday, July 13, 2009. The bid opening will be Wednesday July 22, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at the DNR office in Lansing.

Parcels are available by auction in the following counties:

Barry - Johnstown, Orangeville, and Prairieville Townships, including a parcel with frontage on Shelp Lake and a wooded 18-acre parcel with extensive road frontage
Benzie - Blaine and Lake Townships, including frontage on Little Platte Lake
Cheboygan - Koehler Township
Leelanau - Elmwood and Solon Townships
Mackinac - Portage Township, 4 lots with frontage on South Manistique Lake
Manistee - Filer and Norman Townships, frontage on Star Lake, others near Tippy Dam and Huron-Manistee National Forest
Mason - Branch, Freesoil, and Hamlin Townships, near Ludington State Park
Missaukee - Reeder and Riverside Townships
Montcalm - Cato, Douglass, Pine, Reynolds, and Sheridan Townships, frontage on Lake Steven, Indianhead Lake and Middle Lake
Oceana - Pentwater Township near Pentwater Village
Osceola - Burdell, Middle Branch, and Sylvan Townships

Additional parcels are available for immediate purchase in the following counties: Alpena, Baraga, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Clare, Dickinson, Gladwin, Gogebic, Houghton, Kalamazoo, Lake, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Oakland, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, and Wexford. These parcels were previously offered by sealed bid auction. Information on these parcels is posted at: www.michigan.gov/landforsale under "View Land for Sale."

Proceeds from the sale of these surplus state-owned parcels go into a fund from which the DNR can use to purchase additional recreational land. The proceeds from the sales do not go into the state's General Fund.
"We are pleased with the response to our land consolidation project. Numerous units of government, conservation groups and individual citizens from all over the state have acquired surplus parcels and offered land exchanges to assist us meet our goal of consolidating state-owned lands," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries.

Since 2004, the DNR has reviewed DNR land in all 83 Michigan counties to determine which parcels would be disposed of and which would be retained. These parcels are outside of project boundaries for all state parks, recreation areas, state game and wildlife areas, and state forests.

The state reserves aboriginal antiquities and may reserve mineral rights on the parcels being sold. The DNR recommends all purchasers do their own research as to suitability of the parcel for the purpose intended, and conduct a personal inspection of the desired parcels whenever possible. The DNR makes no representation or claim as to fitness for purpose, access, condition or restrictions.

Additional parcels will be sold by a sealed bid auction held in October-November of 2009. The auction is expected to include Iron, Marquette and Dickinson counties. Information will be posted at www.michigan.gov/landforsale when available.

More information on the DNR's Land Consolidation Strategy is available on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr under the Land Consolidation Strategy link on the home page.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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